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Featured Writer: Evan James


 

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Ninth Letter will be accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a special online edition to be published at ninthletter.com in Winter 2018.  Submissions will be open from January 22 to March 31.

The theme for this issue is climate. Subjected to climate change both in our localities and at a distance, how does our literature recognize and respond? Snow in Saudi Arabia. Bleached coral reefs. Bomb cyclones and a weakened polar vortex. Drought and unprecedented wildfire. Longer hurricane seasons. We hear this all around us, but what does it mean to you?

  

  

 

 Ninth Letter Editorial Staff Spring 2017

  • Editor and Fiction Editor: Jodee Stanley
  • Creative Nonfiction Editor: Alex Shakar
  • Poetry Editor: Michael Madonick
  • Web Edition Editor: Michael Don
  • Assistant Editors: Chekwube Danladi, Michael Hurley, Annah Sidigu
  • Editor-at-Large: Philip Graham
  • Art Directors: Nan Goggin and Brock Landrum

 

Ninth Letter Editorial Staff Fall 2016

  • Editor and Fiction Editor: Jodee Stanley
  • Creative Nonfiction Editor: Alex Shakar
  • Poetry Editor: Janice N. Harrington
  • Web Edition Editor: Roya Khatiblou
  • Assistant Editors: Michael Hurley, Katherine Kendig, Jess Williard
  • Editor-at-Large: Philip Graham
  • Art Directors: Nan Goggin and Brock Landrum

 

About Ninth Letter

Ninth Letter is a collaborative arts and literary project produced by the Creative Writing Program and School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Edited and designed by faculty and students as part of the core curricula of both programs, the journal's mission is to present original literary writing of exceptional quality, illuminated by cutting-edge graphic design.

Work published in Ninth Letter has been selected for many awards anthologies such as Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Best Creative Nonfiction, Best New Fantasy, Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and New Stories from the Midwest. The journal has also received many national and international awards for graphic design, and has been featured in the design awards annuals of both STEP Inside Design and HOW Magazine. In 2005 Ninth Letter was named Best New Literary Journal by the Council of Learned Journals, an affiliate of the Modern Language Association.

In addition to our dedication to literary and artistic excellence, Ninth Letter also maintains a strong commitment to our role in the curricula of the School of Art + Design and the Creative Writing Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

In the Creative Writing Program, graduate and undergraduate students in English and Creative Writing have the opportunity to enroll in editing and publishing courses in which they gain hands-on experience in editorial work.

In Art + Design, graduate and undergraduate students participate in a Ninth Letter production course, in which the students design a complete issue of the journal under faculty direction. These students finish the course with valuable experience that has real-world applications, along with nationally distributed designs for their portfolios.

Students in both programs who have completed the Ninth Letter courses have gone on to career success in the fields of graphic design and literary publishing, thanks in part to their experience working with Ninth Letter.

Now Available! Volume 14, no. 2 - Fall/Winter 2017-18


Featuring new work from:
D. J. Thielke, Rachel M. Hanson,
Becka Mara McKay, Kimberly King Parsons,
Jeanne Larson, Oliver Baez Bendorf,
Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley, Aaron Baker,
and more. Plus: The winners of our 2017 Literary Awards!

 

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Featured Writer: Mimi Schwartz


 

Submit to our 2018 Literary Awards!


 

This year's Literary Awards are now open for submissions. Our esteemed guest judges are Michele Morano, fiction; Elissa Washuta, creative nonfiction, and sam sax, poetry.

Winners in each category will receive $1000 and publication in Ninth Letter. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription.

Go here for complete guidelines and to submit your work!

Feature: Cuban Voices

 

 

Dream Game, Memory's Palazzo

The Sun Yat-sen International Writers Residency Special Edition

edited and with an introduction by Katherine Scott Nelson

featuring poetry, essays, and stories by Ravi Shankar, Fan Dai, Larissa Boehning, Rúnar Vignisson, and more

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